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East Turkestan & the Uyghurs

Xinjiang Trouble Echoes in Kyrgyzstan

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 21:02 -- Kanat

A violent encounter on January 23 between Kyrgyz border troops and alleged intruders from China’s Xinjiang province about 40 kilometers inside Kyrgyz Republic territory from the Chinese border left twelve dead, including one Kyrgyz citizen who had originally confronted the group. Initial reports indicated that eleven people were observed in Kyrgyz territory by camp ranger Alexander Barykin, who was killed when attempting to apprehend the men.

Detained Beijing-Based Uyghur Scholar Taken to Xinjiang?

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:29 -- Anonymous (not verified)
Ilham Tohti and his wife in a photo sent to RFA's Uyghur Service via WeChat on Jan 13, 2014, two days before his detention. Photo: RFA

Chinese authorities detained the Central University for Nationalities professor on Jan. 15 but have refused to say where he is being held, accusing him of leading a separatist group that advocates violence to overthrow Chinese rule in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) — charges which Guzelnur totally refuted.

The Xinjiang factor

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:26 -- Anonymous (not verified)
Tohti has been held incommunicado since January 15; (top) Guzailai Nu'er, his wife, gives an interview to Reuters on a phone from the window of her house in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

IN AN ominous sign of the fate awaiting one of China’s best-known Uighur intellectuals, security officials in the far western region of Xinjiang issued a statement on January 25, accusing him of separatism and inciting ethnic hatred. The statement provides the first concrete indication that the scholar, Ilham Tohti, an economics professor in Beijing, could face a long prison term for his advocacy on behalf of Uighurs, the Turkic-speaking Muslim minority whose uneasy coexistence with the Chinese authorities has grown increasingly violent.


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